Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Re: Ship passage from Klaipeda (Memel) #lithuania


Judith Diamond <j.diamond@...>
 

In reply to Norman Feldman, I am not aware of people leaving >from Klaipeda
(Memel) directly for America, although some ships may have left there for
other ports. Some of my relatives >from Dorbian (Darbenai),nearby,
left >from the port of Libau (Liepaja) in Latvia, not far up the coast >from >Klaipeda.
I think it is important to specify dates when we quote references or
anecdotes - I believe I have understood, >from previous mailings in this group,that direct boats to the US started at some time between 1904 and 1907.

I can tell you that my grandfather said in 1957 that he intended in 1893
to leave >from Memel. The intention was for him - with others - to be
smuggled over the border >from Lithuania to Memel, to travel by boat to
Stettin and then continue to the US >from there - whether direct or not I
do not know! It proved impossible for him to cross the border at that time
- and in the event he left a year later >from Libau by boat round the coast
to Stettin and thence to Copenhagen and Lund, Sweden - where he stayed.

He said that it was necessary to leave in the spring while the weather was
good. I do not know whether this was because the ports were not icefree in
winter, or the atlantic crossing was bad in winter.



Judith Diamond

researching GLICK, EPEL, NACHUMSON, NEIPRIS, KUMIN, GEDVICE,
BENJAMINOWITZ
from Latskova, NW Lithuania and surroundings.
LECHNER >from Czernowitz, HOROWITZ and HOLZER >from Krakow.

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